Stirred or Shook, But Not Shaken


Stirred or Shook, But Not Shaken

Items that merit a trip to the library

Compiled by Stephen Drew, AIR staff


Shaken, Not Stirred or Shook

"Shaken, not stirred: bioanalytical study of the antioxidant activities of martinis," C.C. Trevithick, M.M. Chartrand, J. Wahlman, F. Rahman, M. Hirst, and J.R. Trevithick, British Medical Journal, vol. 319, 1999, pp 1600-2. (Thanks to a plethora of readers for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, who are at the University of Western Ontario, conclude that:

"Shaken martinis were more effective in deactivating hydrogen peroxide than the stirred variety... 007's profound state of health may be due, at least in part, to compliant bartenders."

Shook, Not Shaken or Stirred

"EXPERIMENTAL BALLS," Synopsis #050500, NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135. (Thanks to Kevin Marvel, Joseph Omer Bussen, and numerous other investigators for bringing this to our attention.) The synopsis reads in part:

"DESCRIPTION: NASA/GRC is hereby soliciting information for potential sources for the purchase of small balls to be used in a reseach experiment using photography to record the motion of the balls while they are shook in a special chamber. Suitable balls should have the following characteristics: diameter of at least 1 millimeter and no greater than 2 millimeters, they should be spherical within 1% of the stated diameter, the diameter of each ball in a lot should be within 1% of the stated diameter, they should be either hollow metal or metal-coated acrylic, nonmagnetic, and having an electrically conductive surface. A sample of at least 50 balls (not to be returned), is desired for the test evaluation, and a pricing estimate for 10,000 and 100,000 balls is also requested.

"No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in the CBD and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service. It is the potential offerors responsibility to monitor these cites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis.

"Point of Contact: Joseph R. Balombin, Technical Representative, Phone: (216)433-3569, <>"

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